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Our Youth Pillar

Encouraging Budding STEM2D Stars
Encouraging Budding STEM2D Stars

o spark girls’ and young women’s interest in STEM2D subjects, we need to reach them wherever they are—in urban centers, small towns, villages and rural communities. STEM2D must be accessible and available in a variety of places and settings. All girls—no matter their religion, race, gender identity, or ability—are welcome to join Johnson & Johnson’s WiSTEM2D programming and events.

We are committed to sparking enchantment with technology in young women and girls through creative problem-solving and play all around the globe. As part of Johnson & Johnson’s Health for Humanity 2025 Goals, we aspire to engage 2 million girls in STEM2D activities by 2025.

There are many ways to engage girls, whether you want to help plan an event, share your career journey, present material in a school setting or organize a learning experience at your company.

Whether you're a student exploring STEM2D or a parent, teacher or supporter, this page has tips, tools and resources to help you.

Educational Resources

STEM2D fosters inquiring minds, logical reasoning, creative thinking, problem solving and collaboration. The STEM2D philosophy relies on a student-centered, integrated approach to understanding, exploring and engaging with the world.
The series includes interactive, fun, hands-on activities for girls and young women, ages 5-18, across the globe. All activities are aligned with research-based theory and the STEM2D philosophy.

Each activity targets one or more of the STEM2D subjects. Click to find an activity, along with the resources you need to be successful.

Resources for Parents, Supporters and Volunteers

To spark a lifelong interest in STEM²D and help inform young people about the endless possibilities of STEM, you can:
  • Model: Exposure to female role models has been shown to improve performance on tests and to invalidate stereotypes.
  • Connect: All volunteers—regardless of gender—can greatly enrich their time with young people by sharing their own experiences.
  • Relate: Young people have unique social, personal and academic needs. Approach them with sincerity and respect.

Partnerships

To advance student outreach, Johnson & Johnson has partnered with leading nonprofit organizations including Girls Inc., Girl Scouts of the USA, FHI 360, First Robotics, JA Worldwide, Smithsonian Science Education Center and National Society of Black Engineers to develop the youth STEM²D resources and website. Our STEM2D.org site contains STEM²D activities that can be completed by students of all ages at home, in the classroom, or in other small and large groups.

Through these partnerships, Johnson & Johnson has reached over ten million girls since first launching our program in 2015.

Champions of Science

Johnson & Johnson is committed to supporting programs that increase opportunities for girls and women to explore and succeed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. We have been a long-standing supporter of the New York Academy of Sciences' Global STEM Alliance and their 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program.

In July 2021, participants of the 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program were invited to take part in the third annual Superstars of STEM essay contest, which asked them to share stories about modern-day women in STEM who inspire them. To see why science excites this year’s contest winner and four finalists, read their essays.

What Is STEM2D?

It's an acronym that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design. Click through to learn more about each subject.
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Science

Observing, studying and experimenting to better understand the natural world and how it works.

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Technology

Putting science and other knowledge to practical use to solve problems, invent useful tools, envision new possibilities and establish meaningful connections between people and the world that surrounds them.

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Engineering

Applying science and math principles to design and develop products, structures, machines, tools or systems that help improve everyday life.

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Mathematics

Using a quantitative framework (numbers, quantities, shapes, abstract principles and problem-solving) to describe the world.

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Manufacturing

Creating something from raw materials by hand or by machinery.

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Design

Developing human-centered, experiential solutions in collaboration with patients, consumers and experts from STEM and other disciplines to address unmet needs in a feasible, viable and desirable way.

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